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Getting outside in Door County is a must! While you can always explore a trail or lake shore on your own, the calendar is dotted with guided hikes, wildlife tours, bird watching treks, and cross-country skiing meetups. Find a group bicycle ride, a naturalist session, or paddleboard tour and explore Door County’s natural wonders.

  • The Big Ones That Don’t Get Away: The Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament

    “The Small Mouth Bass,” said fisherman Don Hewkin of Zion, Illinois, “are what bring me.” He and his fishing partner Dave Davis have entered the Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament every year since 1994. The contest is an annual event on the weekend following Mother’s Day. Hewkin likes the number of fish in the bay […]

  • THE Farm: A Living Museum of Rural America

    I first went to THE Farm in 2003 or 2004, having avoided it for many years; I had ignorantly assumed it was some sort of hokey petting zoo for kids, and I hadn’t had kids yet. I agreed to go only because my cousin and his young daughter, Scarlett, were in town – THE Farm […]

  • Orioles: Frequent local feeders

    Article by Roy Lukes So many people we’ve talked with in recent years enjoy excellent numbers of Baltimore Orioles at their feeders each late spring and summer. Apparently, it was in previous years that the orioles had good nesting success in our region, enjoyed favorable wintering conditions with adequate food in the South, and experienced […]

  • Dan Eggert

    Saving the Door with the Door County Land Trust

    In some ways, the remarkably successful Door County Land Trust (DCLT) is paradoxical. They protect and maintain roughly 4,800 acres of land throughout the peninsula – from Washington Island to Southern Door – yet much of the land they protect is off the main traveled roads and so remains hidden from public eye. And while […]

  • Door Bluff Headlands On Track for Expansion

    The Door County Parks Department is taking steps to expand Door Bluff Headlands County Park by purchasing over 70 acres of land adjacent to the park’s southern border. “We’ve always had a low-key eye on this property,” said George Pinney, Director of Door County Parks. “We don’t usually pursue things like that, except to put […]

  • Sherwood Point Lighthouse

    Sherwood Point Lighthouse: The Keeper of the Ship Canal

    Known for its uncharacteristic red brick and for its double distinction of being both the last Door County lighthouse to be automated and the last manned lighthouse on the Great Lakes, Sherwood Point Lighthouse is perched at the end of a serene country road, near Sturgeon Bay’s Idlewild area. The story of Sherwood Point is […]

  • Animal Tracks

    Article by Roy Lukes Some wild animal tracks in the snow are often the only evidence of these creatures many people get to observe. The common daytime feeders, such as the Wild Turkey, the Red and the Gray Squirrels, along with songbirds, are quite easy to study, even to the point of seeing the particular […]

  • Door County Land Trust Announces Largest Conservation Buy in 40 Years

    It was an occasion marked by words from the governor, and attended by politicians and environmentalists. But the importance of the latest two land acquisitions by the Door County Land Trust was best demonstrated when the crowds cleared and words ceased.

  • Dimmed Lights Brightened: The Long Road to Restoration on Plum and Pilot Islands

    For over a century they served as beacons for ships and fishermen in the treacherous passage through Death’s Door, the foreboding stretch of water between Lake Michigan and Green Bay at the tip of the peninsula that would steal its name, Door County. The lighthouse on Plum Island and the range light on Pilot Island […]

  • Island Running: The Island Clipper

    Name-dropping takes on a whole new meaning in Door County. Names that mean something on the northern portion of our peninsula don’t have much to do with the “Branjolinas” of the world. Names like Johnson, Weborg and Nelson are much more apt to command attention and respect. One name that is synonymous with our local […]

  • Wildlife Migration: When Door County Takes Flight

    Article by Roy Lukes Forty-four years of watching wildlife and keeping daily notes has clearly indicated to me that Door County, with its many miles of shoreline serving as visual guides, is an excellent place for observing the migration of birds. Spring brings both those birds which will nest here and also the many species […]

  • Autumn’s Glory: Fall Camping in Door County

    Naturalist and preservationist John Muir once noted, “The clearest way to the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” The Universe he’s referring to is not necessarily the cosmological universe, but rather the deep, mystical sense of knowing that comes from understanding the interconnectedness of the natural world and its beings. Muir, along with a great […]

  • Agriculture in Door County

    Agriculture has played an important role in Door County’s economy, environment, culture, and social structure for more than 150 years. Today, the county is home to hundreds of farms – over 90 percent of which are individually or family-owned – as well as agriculture-related businesses providing equipment, services, and other products farmers need to grow, […]

  • Fears rise over the recent resurgence of Cladophora Algae in lake waters and on Door County shores

    Europe Bay, a long wild beach at the tip of the Door Peninsula, has seen its shorelines transformed by dense and stringy algae that covers much of what used to be sandy dunes.

  • “Serving” the Community: Northern Door Volleyball

    Anyone who’s ever driven down County Highway A on a Wednesday night during summer has probably witnessed it. At one moment, you’re driving down a dark, unlit, and somewhat desolate highway surrounded by the crickets and moonlight, and then, all at once, like a beacon rising from the shadows, the volleyball courts appear. The sight […]

  • Constructing a Boat of Your Own: Building a Wooden Kayak

    Lured by the surrounding waters and serene seascapes of the Door Peninsula, many visitors and residents are taking to the shore in kayaks. For most, a short jaunt in a synthetically constructed rental kayak is enough to whet the appetite; yet, for a select few building and paddling a wooden kayak is beyond compare. Surprisingly […]

  • Long-Legged & Long-Necked: The Herons of Door County

    Article by Roy Lukes It’s quite logical to assume that Door County, having more miles of shoreline than any other county in the continental U.S., would be home to many herons in summer – or at least during spring and fall migration. Rocky and sandy shores surely do abound, but marshes, rivers, vast mudflats and […]

  • Protecting Door County’s Beaches

    In an era of growth pressure, private development has dominated the battle for access and control of Door County’s treasured shoreline over the past two decades. But the county’s public officials have mounted a powerful rebuke in recent years, launching an 11th-hour effort to secure and protect the peninsula’s beaches for generations to come. After […]

  • Billerbeck Field Re-dedicated

    Gibraltar High School re-dedicated Billerbeck Field to its namesake, Rod “Chief” Billerbeck, Thursday, May 15 in a pre-game ceremony. Billerbeck coached the team for nearly three decades and led the Vikings to 17 conference championships, as well as the school’s only team sport state championship in 1979.

  • Hanging on the Hook: Moorings 101

    Sailboats swing in Eagle Harbor to a new wind brought up by the break of a new day. Like birds at rest, boats on moorings huddle together in safe harbors tethered to the seafloor. For sailors onboard these vessels and shore-side voyeurs, the picture of sailboats in a haven has been likened to tranquility or […]